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posted Oct 6, 2007

Yup, the forwards were up for it today, and competed at the breakdown. I have to admit that I thought the marsupials would walk it, and am very pleasantly surprised by the performance England provided.

I'm also pleased that it's a thumb in the eye for those who, only a day or so ago, were decreeing that Farrell was England's only chance of beating Oz and that his absence equated to a heavy loss. Catty and Tait were certainly not made to look as ordinary as Farrell has when he has started against a half-way decent team.

Lots of "if-only" moments for England as well, especially in the backs, so there is still room for improvement for the semis, but I still fancy the Jaapies or the Argies to win the final -- but would be delighted to be proved wrong!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

My heart was in my mouth for most of the match. Good god it was a tense match! However, i am going to allow myself a little gloat and say "Swing Low Sweet Chariot coming for to carry me Home" awesome, awesome result and wiped the smile off the Australian coaches face after his comments too. I am hoping for a repeat of the 2003 semi final England v France.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

absolutely brilliant! well done boys, well done! winkeye

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Can't disagree with any of the above. What a result didn't expect it-don't expect one next week end but hey who knows.Semi final is beyond my expectations. Whole thing made sweeter by beating the team that put Wales to the sword.For the Welsh supporters England in the semis must be a nightmare.(forgive my gloating but I live in South Wales and have to put up with all the usual nonsense from the locals)
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posted Oct 6, 2007

I think England deserve the victory purely on the grounds that Australia were appalling! England's forwards dominated because the Australian pack were not interested on the day. A 12-10 win for England is certainly a flattering result for the losing side. So it appears that the tournament is still throwing up surprises. If Scotland can pull off a similar result against Argentina, the likelihood is a 3rd-4th place playoff/Calcutta Cup match. For the sake of rugby, lets keep our fingers crossed for that eventuality!

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comment by PEREZ (U6364600)

posted Oct 6, 2007

One of the greatest games of all time, I personally thought the Aussies would cheat their way to the title but England were vicorious, the work rate and organisation was breathtaking. Never thought I would say that.

Aree Aussie's are becoming 'the chokers' in world rugby.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

wot! no moaning ozzies yet, give them time. BRILLIANT, play to your strengths,then see what happens. stop the opposition from playing their game,then pick them off. France in the semi's.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

The chokers? The only two-time World champions are chokers? If you say so. I'd say France are much bigger chokers than the Aussies, but there you go. Not that it matters, the result was an England win and that's cold, hard fact.

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comment by chrisox (U1952014)

posted Oct 6, 2007

Sheridan was absolutely immense today.
Where have all the mouthy Aussies gone?
Australia were out scrummed, out rucked and out fought. Well done Englandok

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Well Regan played dirty didn't he?

Where are you Connolly? Packing your bags?

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posted Oct 6, 2007

gosh

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posted Oct 6, 2007

I'm a league fan and only caught the second half. Have to say I was suprised though. Australia never seemed to be in it in the second 40. I will say that I think New Zealand would have punished England in the backs with the same breaks Australia made but that's a game away (probably) and they have time to work on it. Other than that, from what I saw, it was a great performance of controlled rugby. They didn't try and prove they were flashy in the backs and could win it there, they played the game exactly as they should have.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Well, goes to show that forwards win games. A great performance by the England pack.
Don't know what happened to Australia, and I hope we are not seeing a repeat of 1995 where England won that quarter-final only to get stuffed a week later.
Well done to the lads - I didn't see that one coming and it was good to see Martin Johnson admitting as much himself after the game.
Still, the way some people are going on you'd think England had won the final.
Roll on next week and another step up - presumably the All Blacks.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

There does appear to be a lack of comments from out antipodean friends.... short of something to say for a change?

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comment by Jonny (U4260274)

posted Oct 6, 2007

We played well out there today under intense pressure, obviosuly the dressing-room is at the moment a place of jubilation and delight, but we mustn'e get carried away with ourselves. Myself and Robbo have been in a peaceful state of mind for the last half hour, mulling over the poorer aspects of our game. Just want to say thankyou to all you England fans who made the Marseille ground feel like Twickers.

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comment by U9563463

posted Oct 6, 2007

'If Scotland can pull off a similar result against Argentina, the likelihood is a 3rd-4th place playoff/Calcutta Cup match. For the sake of rugby, lets keep our fingers crossed for that eventuality!'

Why on earth for the sake of rugby would I want England to play a dead rubber match against Scotland. I would rather be in the final. You Scots have a weird outlook on sport - surely you would rather be in the final!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

wat was that ingathewinga, england were going to gettin DESTROYED haha i think england played the best rugby since away against the allblacks in 2003, its a bold statement to say this but i dnt think we actually played to our potential in the 2003 world cup. Today was imense. No Lote we dnt have any world class players, but ur 22 world dream team just got HAD m8!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

The great satisfaction is seeing the arrogance of the Aussie whingers swiftly silenced. Makes up for the Ashes cricket defeat in Australia.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

paulo r u irish?

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Warriors...nuff said

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comment by aries22 (U1946540)

posted Oct 6, 2007

I want to hear what Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill has to say. Mind you, does anybody care what he thinks, stuck in his time-warp? Let him continue to hate England while Australia pack their bags for home and England get on with their preparations for the next game.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

English people are so annoying once they see arrogance being defeated.

well eff off then, face it you dont like to se England do well so in that case go were your welcome.

ENGLAND!!!!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Theres alot of people who suddenly don't have much to say..

Aside from that there was this huge brouhaha about farrell playing,not playing blah blah blah...it wasnt worth arguing about

I responded very clearly to that...

the game IS WON IN THE FORWARDS!!

i hope people understand that alot more now.The australian scrum was brutalised and the horrors of 2005 came flooding back..

The "supermen" backs cant do anything unless the forwards carry them on a chariot!!...didnt happen..

1-15 England were magnificent!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

"It just so happens that they are annoying when they win, lose or draw. They're even annoying when they're not playing. It's highly hypocritical of English people to accuse others of arrogance. It is this arrogance that turns every country against England."

You gotta make you mind clear. Are the English arrogant? No they aren't. The English were not arrogant before todays match unlike a certain team from the SOuthern Hemisphere. Also the English are not here to please the world. The English don't care whether the world likes them or not.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Us whinging poms have only done it again! Oh well, im sure the Aussies will get over it with throwing another shrimp on the barbie.

Eng-er-land Eng-er-land Eng-er-land!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

"
well eff off then, face it you dont like to se England do well so in that case go were your welcome."

I see my comment was misunderstood. I was replying to someone who said the English were annoying. And yes the non-English who are arrogant certainly find the English annoying once they reaise their arrogance took them nowhere as some arrogant Aussies including Connolly and Tuquiri found today.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

I don't think it was the greatest rugby game of all time. It was a great slugger of a win for England and they will once again have to step up their game for the semi's, but good on them for getting this far!

We still need our finishing to come through so that we can run home an advantage, but at this stage of the competition a win is a win. It wasn't pretty but I'll sure as hell take it.

Even if we lose the semi, this will be a worthwhile competition, England wise, as they have shown that when the pressure is on they can grind out a win and do what is necessary. It was nice to see the back row really putting in the pace.

It was another improvement on the Tonga game and if they improve once again by next week then who knows? I'm certainly not expectant of a win but I am quietly confident that they can raise their game a little higher for next week.

The game made me proud of our Rugby team and, win or lose; I hope Scotland put in a similar gutsy performance. Come on British rugby!

From Australiaís view their backs were very dangerous and letís hope they can get their forwards up to scratch so they can become the force they once were.

I know Australians must be hurting but you have to admit that was a right on the edge of your seat sort of game; and very exciting right up to the last whistle?

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posted Oct 6, 2007

What a game!!! The English pack was all over the Aussies, they didn't have an answer to our front 5 and we actually deserved the win!! I'm still pissed and that is a sign that England played bloody well. And to the guy who said "It is this arrogance that turns every country against England" we're really not arrogant, actually we tend to think all our national teams are crap, the annoying thing about us is that we're so damn passionate. It's horrible being an Englishman when we draw 0 - 0 to Macedonia, but it's the best thing in the world when the English pack are pushing the Aussies back scrum after scrum. We're not arrogant, we just bloody love our sport.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Why are we getting drawn on this? England played a near perfect match to win an entertaining game.
The Australian team is not as good as they are made out to be, bit like Brazil and Germany at football, no matter how poor their team is everyone just talks them up anyway.
I was always confident we could win today but reality now kicks in and I don't see us beating South Africal or the All Blacks, however, with a team of great promise now showing its potential we can be proud and confident of success next time round.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

The English aren't arrogant about this particular team because they know they're not that good. They were arrogant before the last World Cup, there's an heir of arrogance in labelling your stadium as 'Fortress Twickenham' even though the results will tell a different story, and this arrogance is also shown in other sports, football in particular where they are expecting to win every game, even though they rarely do.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

It has been a difficult 4 years since England won the World Cup down under in 2003. Following our 12-10 victory over in Aussie in Marseille, there is no reason why England can go all the way and become the first nation to win back to back World Cups.

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comment by bigmaxy (U2478214)

posted Oct 6, 2007

Our forwards are Sh**. Good win England. When we had ball we were dangerous but we didn't have enough cause our forwards were Sh**.

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comment by alfie (U1730704)

posted Oct 6, 2007

I said a week ago I didn't think the Aussies were all that good. Think this shows I was right.
Will give them credit for never giving up though - most teams getting monstered like that at the set pieces would have been dead and buried inside the hour , yet they could have stolen it with that last penalty .Thank heavens justice was done.

All Blacks ( ok I'm making an assumption here) will be another step up and I think JW will have to kick closer to 100% AND we will need to nail these "nearly" tries but hey we're still alive and we can hope......

Right now I'm happily basking in the warm glow of glorious victory and a sinle malt biggrin

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posted Oct 6, 2007

The Australian team is not as good as they are made out to be, bit like Brazil and Germany at football, no matter how poor their team is everyone just talks them up anyway.

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I would imagine that England are hyped up more than England and Germany, and fail more miserably. Germany lost to the eventual winners in the semis, Brazil lost to the Zidane-inspired French, both teams made the final in 2002... i suppose thats a bad record compared to England's?

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comment by U3601378

posted Oct 6, 2007

I have to say I am not a Rugby Fan, but I thought I would watch the England game today, and the boredom value of the game scored a big 10, is it just England or all the sides like this. I will not be tuning into Rugby again.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Oct 6, 2007

Well done, England....

I was one of those who did not expect England to get past the quarter-finals. But, they did it! Beating Australia is a great achievement....

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Boring? Get back to tiddlywinks or whatever your fave sport is! winkeye

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Brazil and Germany*

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comment by red-eye (U1803614)

posted Oct 6, 2007

England looked like they wanted it more.
Australia looked to be reactive rather than proactive.

I agree with other comments, which suggest that it wasn't great rugby, but if there was then it would have been Australia producing it, given England's style of play.

Kinda reminded me of the old days of winning game without scoring tries.... ugly, but full of power.

11/10 for effort, but is this as far as they can go?




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comment by Simoc (U7084258)

posted Oct 6, 2007

I managed to sleep through the game.
Funny to see the comments from fans of a team
that couldn't score a try.
On the bright side thats the end of Connolly and
hopefully the kick first attidude his teams
teams have been known for.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Trophies, you need to watch rugby league winkeye

To be fair, England would have got hammered playing an expansive game and they did exactly wha they had to do to win it so you can't blame them for it.

Paoulo, the Union guys have been ripping their team apart and all my mates who are union fans were excecting a 20-30 Aussie win. It was said earlier but they are not arrogant, they just love their rugby and even League fans can understand that.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Can anyone tell me when the Ireland / Wales match is being played?

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posted Oct 6, 2007

My thoughts on the game??

YYIIPPPEEEEEEEEE biggrin

roserose

I thought we'd get stuffed by the Aussies....but we weren't!!!!!

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Hey Paulo - you on commmission for how many times you can get the word 'arrogant' into a single posting? I'd contact 'cliches anonymous' if I were you or maybe even phone the bandwagon helpline? I'll gladly take being called arrogant over being called bitter, self-righteous, sour and xenophobic any day. Coz that's all your showing in your posts.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

paulo6891 - grow up mate and show some dignity in defeat.

Saying we expect our footy team to win the Worldcup each time shows you have sweet FA of an understanding of English sporting culture! We won in 1966 and thats it. Since then we live in hope that we will win once again. We expect little but you can never get rid of our quite optimism (probably stems all the way from WWII when our ancestors were being bombed constantly; they had nothing but optimism to live on).

We live in hope and we love our victories. It is the English way. Accept it and move on. Show that you can actually be gracious in defeat.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Well done egg chasers. You have to give credit to the fellas for coming good at the right time. However it was horrible viewing. But there you go I guess. I think NZ will be a scalp too far but then nobody thought we'd beat the arrogant australians. I used to be Lewis Moody's second row partner at school. He didn't feel pain back then. He has been an absolute hero in this worlc cup

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